There’s a long way to go until Super Bowl LII, but impressive victories by some contenders and bad losses by others have caused a little shakeup at the top early.
Aaron Rodgers needed to make only one money throw thanks to the team turning one of its best defensive efforts in a long while against Seattle. Now the Packers go for a double vs. NFC contenders in Atlanta, with Dallas also looming in three weeks.
Calais Campbell had an extraordinary Jaguars debut in a blowout win, while the Ravens, Panthers and Rams defenses combined to allow only 12 points. Here are Week 1’s lessons and what they mean for the Cheap Patriots Jerseys rest of the season.
Are they at risk for falling to 0-2?
Here’s how ESPN’s power panel — a group of more than 80 writers, editors and TV personalities — voted in the Week 2 edition of our Power Rankings, with a take on possible overreactions to the limited sample size Week 1 offers.
ESPN Stats & Information research contributed the information below. Take a look back at our preseason Power Rankings here.
Rookie linebacker T.J. Watt became the third player to record two sacks and an interception in his NFL debut since sacks became official in 1982. Possible overreaction: Watt is the defensive playmaker the Cheap Quality Jerseys Steelers have been craving for years and could make the defense more impactful than Pittsburgh’s offense.
“He’s been great with the young kid coming in,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “They all handle it differently. He’s not here to be that kid’s mentor. That’s not what we’re asking him to do. We’re asking Cheap NFL Jerseys Usa him to go win games. But at the same time, he’s done that. He’s a good human being and he treats that kid well.”
For that, the “kid” is appreciative.
“Having a guy like Alex in front of you is awesome,” said Mahomes, who was promoted to the backup role earlier this week following his performance in Kansas City’s preseason opener against San Francisco. “He’s a guy that really has control of the entire offense and is the true leader of the team. And he’s a guy who has no hurtfulness or anything.”
David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals: He fumbled on Arizona’s next drive and then left the game, and did not return. He had 23 yards on 11 rushes, as well as 68 yards on six receptions. Backup Kerwynn Williams finished with 10 yards on five carries.
Tuesday morning, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Cardinals have placed Johnson on IR, with designation to return. Johnson is expected to miss 2-3 months.
Danny Woodhead, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Woodhead suffered a hamstring Cheap Official NHL Jerseys injury, and did not return. Woodhead had four yards on one carry, and 33 yards on three receptions in the game. Woodhead missed the last two preseason games with a hamstring injury. His season ended last year with a torn ACL. “We’ll see,” Woodhead said of the injury following the game. “It’s one of those things … we’ll wait until we get back.” The injury leaves the Ravens with two healthy running backs: Terrance West and Javorius Allen.
Sure, they were playing the Jets, but Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy kept it simple, and let the Bills’ defense had an easy first day at the office for new coach Sean McDermott. Now comes the hard part of playing Cheap Miami Dolphins Jerseys competitive NFL teams.
It was a rough start for Joey Bosa and the defense, and not so great for Philip Rivers in the offense until it was too late. New coach Anthony Lynn wil try to get his first win in their new (temporary) home.
Jacksonville’s defense recorded 10 sacks and generated pressure on 54 percent of dropbacks in Week 1, both tops in the NFL. Possible overreaction: Don’t expect 10 sacks every week, but don’t expect a pass Cheap NFL Jerseys rush featuring Calais Campbell, Malik Jackson and Dante Fowler Jr. to slow down either. The Jaguars could be on the rise.
After losing a league-high eight games by seven or fewer points last season, the Chargers opened their 2017 season with a three-point loss Monday. Possible overreaction: Get ready for more heartache, Chargers fans. The city might have changed, but the inability to come back or pull away hasn’t.
Possible overreaction: We’ve yet to see Cutler in 2017 after Miami’s Week 1 game was postponed, but it’s hard to see the Dolphins being that much worse (or much better) than they were last year when they made the playoffs, even with Cutler under center.
As the Bills enter the 2017 season with an unproven roster and a starting quarterback still in the concussion protocol, the faithful Buffalo fan base is being asked to trust the long-term decisions of a Cheap Jarome Iginla Jerseys management regime that seems to be on the same page for the first time in years.
“Do I think every police officer is bad? No, I don’t believe that. Do I believe there’s some people out there that judge people on the color of their skin? I do believe that, and I’m just focused on trying to push forward and keep continuously championing the quest for justice for people, keep pushing (for) equality for oppressed people. That’s just what I’m about and what I’m going to keep doing.”
The NFL released a statement Wednesday, saying Bennett is “a leader on his Cheap Jerseys Baseball team and in his community” and the league “will support Michael and all NFL players in promoting mutual respect between law enforcement and the communities they loyally serve and fair and equal treatment under the law.”
McMahill played a video that lasted about 5 minutes and 30 seconds showing police arriving at the casino and arresting Bennett, who released a statement earlier Wednesday on Twitter saying he was “singled out for being a black man” and is considering filing a civil rights lawsuit.
If he can recapture the superb form of two years ago, then the Cards can be a significant threat in the NFC, but their window will start to close should we see further signs of decline in his play and his durability.
Ah, Week 1. Nothing stokes the overreaction fires like the first week of the NFL season. At this moment, there are 15 teams whose fans want someone fired and 15 whose fans are entering “Super Bowl LII” into a StubHub search bar, you know, just to see.
Are the Colts really this bad without Andrew Luck? Is the Ravens’ D really this good? Should fantasy owners be upset about Le’Veon Bell? What we’re buying, selling after the first NFL Sunday of the 2017 season.
Field goal. The first play of the second quarter was a 25-yard field goal by Patriots Cheap Girls Softball Jerseys kicker Stephen Gostkowski. It capped an eight-play, 67-yard drive for New England. 10-7, Patriots.
End of first quarter. The Patriots held a 140-97 total yards edge over the Chiefs after the first 15 minutes.
Touchdown. The Chiefs, on their first legitimate possession of the game, put together a drive arguably more impressive than that of the Patriots earlier in the first quarter. The 12-play, 90-yard scoring drive was capped by a seven-yard Alex Smith touchdown pass to tight end Demetrius Harris. 7-7, tie game.
If you find the Cardinals’ emerging committee backfield too murky to figure out for fantasy purposes, there is some clarity in Nelson’s role as a vertical playmaker for Arizona. Nelson was targeted on a team-high 28.6 percent of his routes in Week 1, while his average depth of target — or aDOT to the cool kids — is 15 yards downfield since becoming a key cog in the offense in Week 12 of last season. In this sample, Nelson leads Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys the Cardinals with five receiving touchdowns, as no other peer has more than two. Next up is an entirely exploitable Colts secondary, as Nelson’s valuable share of the offense could support another solid statistical showing.
McVay said there continues to be an open dialogue with Donald, who has been selected to the Pro Bowl each season since the Rams selected him 13th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft.
“I’m optimistic that we’re going to continue to work to find a solution,” said Cheap Elite NFL Jerseys the 31-year-old McVay, who is in his first season as an NFL head coach. “That being said, if we’re not able to, the game goes on Sunday at one o’clock, there’s going to be a kickoff and it’s going to be a great opportunity for us to come together as a team and see if we can come away with a W against a great opponent.”
Before Foster’s injury, he had played well on his first 11 regular-season snaps. He posted three tackles, one for loss and a pass breakup that was nearly an interception he likely would have returned for a touchdown.
“He was playing well,” Shanahan said. “He was around the ball a ton. He got close to a pick, was near another one, made a good play on the screen right the play before he got hurt. Ripped the ball loose, McCaffrey’s knee was down, but he was playing well.”
Ray-Ray Armstrong, who has started five games since entering the league Cheap Jerseys Authentic in 2013, replaced Foster with the starting defense, a role he figures to handle until Foster is able to return. He finished Cheap Elite Nike NFL Jerseys with six tackles in a performance Shanahan called “solid” on Monday.
“I was a starter last year,” Armstrong said. “It is nothing new to me. We just have to go back and continue to do what we do and play fundamental football, and we will be fine.”
They weren’t wearing the Flywire, but the striped trim on their collars was way too wide. Thankfully, it has gotten a bit narrower under Nike’s new template — definitely an upgrade.
If you like the new look, enjoy it while you can because team owner Amy Adams Strunk has told reporters the team will have a new uni design next season.
Look closely, and you can see that the new template has also had an effect on the horns that emerge from the jerseys’ side panels, which are now a bit thicker:
In addition, the Dolphins will wear their aqua throwbacks for their final two home games of the season — Dec. 11 against the Patriots and Dec. 31 against the Bills. (That noise you hear in the background is the sound of millions of NFL fans shouting, “They should wear those full time!”) You can see their full home jersey schedule — something every team should post publicly, though only a handful do — here.
Sure, a player might catch two passes for more than 100 yards and a touchdown. Donte Moncrief had a game a couple of years ago in which he caught three balls on four targets for 134 yards and two touchdowns. It was an absolutely huge game that certainly won some people a tournament that week. But if that’s something you’re counting on happening all the time, you’re going to lose more often than you’re going to win on DraftKings. Basically, it’s bad process. I’ll take three wideouts that get 30 total targets over three that get 15 for my opponent every time. I won’t win every single one of those Cheap Game Jerseys matchups, but I’ll be a winning player against that guy by the end of the season.
I also want to take advantage of matchups, so reading Mike Clay’s WR/CB matchup article is a must for me every week and a key part of my research. Volume Cheap Football Practice Jerseys alone isn’t enough if it’s going to come in a very difficult matchup.
They would not be afforded the same opportunity for Gay, unless Gay took the $5.2 million taxpayer mid-level exception. But he could have done that no matter what KD made next year — the only cost would have been from Joe Lacob’s wallet.
Presumably, Gay wanted more than that. In order to facilitate those expectations, the Warriors would have needed to create cap space to sign Gay. Creating cap space would have required Durant taking even more of a cut from the maximum he could have made.
The salary cap was set at a little more than $99 million. Golden State had five players under contract for next year making a total of $39.3 million. They also had nine free agents, including Durant, Iguodala, and Stephen Curry. To retain the right to go over the cap to re-sign them, they needed to keep their cap holds on the books. Those nine cap holds added up to $87.1 million.
Add those two numbers up, and you get to $126.4 million, which is $27 million over the cap.
Bogdanovic had a qualifying offer tendered from the Wizards, where he finished the season last year, but Washington revoked the offer once Bogdanovic agreed to terms with the Pacers, per Wojnarowski.
Bogdanovic fills an obvious need for the Pacers on the wing in the absence of Paul George. This is another step in a busy offseason for Indiana attempting to rebuild its team.
Bogdanovic isn’t going to make the Pacers competitive, but he does provide them with shooting they need out on the wing. He shot 37 percent from deep overall last season and 39 percent during his tenure in Washington. He also averaged 13.7 points per game throughout last season.
Bogdanovic’s signing doesn’t mean much in the long term for Indiana. It’s a Cheap Paintball Jerseys short deal with lots of team security. However, it does have a ripple Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys effect on what is going on around the league.
Midway through last season, Derrick Rose was looking to get paid. He was going to enter the first unrestricted free agency of his career Cheap NBA Jerseys hoping for a $150 million max contract, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley, comparable to the deal Mike Conley signed with the Grizzlies two summers ago.
Several news sites aggregated that quote, because it’s salacious Cheap NFL Jerseys From China as hell and Smith is … well, his reports aren’t always wrong, although that’s not exactly the reliability you’d desire from someone in the media. James saw one of those aggregators and responded with this.
1. This is such a James tweet, with multiple hashtags and several emojis sprinkled throughout. At another time, we’re going to talk about how James’ social media presence is stuck in 2011.
2. To be clear, James can deny Smith’s report — or “report” — and it still be correct. There’s no way to prove this right or wrong. If a more reliable reporter said this, then maybe there would be some actual substance to it. But while Smith clearly talks to and has contacts with people in the league, his track record is poor. I’m sure someone told him that quote — he’s not just flat-out making it up. But that person may be prone to exaggeration, or might be too far out of James’ circle to really have any clue, or maybe isn’t in James’ circle at all and has an ax to grind.
3. This is why most reporters don’t report on things like this — salacious but unverifiable reporting that doesn’t add much of anything. Unless James has taped a photo of Irving’s face to a punching bag and is spending several hours every morning working on his kickboxing, then let’s just let this slide. James may be upset at Irving, and he has legitimate reasons to be upset, or disappointed, or even angry. But he’s probably not going to “kick his ass.”
“They say they’re going to try something different, I would love to see it (work). It’s always good to do it,” he said, adding he believes they will start the season trying to stick to the new plan.
“But once adversity hits and stuff starts going wrong, guys are going to go back to ISO basketball, that’s how it is. You’ve got to trust it. It’s one of those things you’ve got to build, you’ve just got to trust each other. This year, I feel like a lot of guys didn’t trust each other and a lot of guys, they didn’t feel like other guys could produce or (be) given the opportunity, so there was a lot of lack of trust on our team, so that’s what hindered us from going (as far as they wanted to go).”
Those comments sparked harsh criticism from former NBA champion Stephen Jackson, who said on ESPN’s The Jump with Rachel Nichols that Carroll “wasn’t good enough to have an opinion.”
“DeMarre Carroll, why are you even talking? If anybody passes you the ball, you should be happy. Play defense. You’re Bruce Bowen. Just go in the corner, shoot 3s and be happy. You shouldn’t even have an input, you’re not good. You can shoot 3s in the corner and you can [play defense].”
Still, the biggest flaw seems clear: the Pacers didn’t have to cash in on this offer from the Thunder yet. Oklahoma City might have bluffed, but George is the best player they could have acquired this summer. The Oladipo and Sabonis offer would have stayed on the table, and maybe Indiana could have squeezed a protected pick out of it if the Thunder started squirming on, say, July 3.
(We need a quick sidebar about the Thunder’s pick. Yes, their Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys For Kids 2018 and 2020 picks were spoken for, so they couldn’t have traded one of their own picks. But they do have an unprotected second rounder from Chicago Cheap Laker Jerseys Sale through the Taj Gibson trade, which should end up in the top-35 next year.